Aaron Alexis lived for a moment in a hut in the forest near a Buddhist temple in Fort Worth, where he sporadically joined Thai immigrants in meditation. Aaron Alexis died Monday in a gun battle with police at the Washington Navy Yard after he supposedly killed at least 12 people.
The guy named as the shooter in Monday’s crowd killing at Building 197 was discharged from the Navy Reserve, arrested after shooting a bullet through his downstairs neighbor’s ceiling and then asked to leave his Fort Worth apartment house.
Alexis, 34, headed to Washington about four months ago, friends said. He had been working as an hourly tech worker for the Experts, a Hewlett-Packard subcontractor that is updating computer systems at Navy and Marine Corps installations globally.
Alexis was a sweet and intelligent guy and a good boy but also very aggressive.
In 2004, Alexis was arrested in Seattle after he fired three shots from a Glock gun into the tires of a Honda Accord that two building workers had parked in a driveway nearby to Alexis’s house. Alexis’s dad said his son
had experienced anger management problems that the family believed was associated with PTSD was an active participant in rescue attempts of Sept. 11, 2001
Alexis grew up in Brooklyn with his parents, Cathleen and Anthony Alexis.
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